In the years-long campaign to tie a web of sanctions around Iran and stall its nuclear program, the European Union may just have met its biggest obstacle: its own law courts.
Fearing Tehran is seeking the means to make bombs, Europe’s governments have been combing through Iran’s political elites and businesses to find people and companies linked to the financing and technical aspects of its nuclear work.
They have frozen their assets, refused visas and banned companies in the European Union from doing business with them. But dozens of those targeted have challenged the restrictions in court and some are beginning to win, embarrassing Europe’s policymakers and causing alarm in the United States.
While any ruling by an EU court would obviously not effect US policy, many government officials fear that a weakening/removal of the myriad sanctions levied by our European allies would render any/all other sanctions ineffective in the long the run. Many are also concerned that an immediate removal of the sanctions could greatly increase the risk of war between Israel and Iran, who remain staunchly opposed on the matter of the acceptability of Iranian nuclear programs.
17:14 // 9 months ago